XP can see Vista but Vista cannot see XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by WJB, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. WJB

    WJB Guest


    I'm trying to network a Vista Ultimate computer and a WinXP Pro SP2. I'm
    running Windows Firewall and Norton Antivirus on the XP machine and Norton
    Internet Security (NIS) on the Vista machine. I added the XP's IP address to
    NIS, allowing inbound and outbound access, specifically opening ports 137,
    138, 139 and 445 as per several articles I've read. I turned on all sharing
    options on Vista except for Sharing Public Folders. XP can see Vista and
    access its shared folders. The reverse is not so: Vista cannot even see XP at
    all, let alone access its shared folders. I can ping XP from Vista via the
    Command Prompt window, but cannot access it by typing its IP address into the
    address field in IE or Explorer. The XP machine is also visible and
    accessible from other XP, 2000 and Win98 machines. What else can I check?

    WJB, Nov 16, 2007
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Turn on Network discivery in vista; set the network to private; AND turn on
    Public folder sharing(XP's old shared docs folder!)
    Mick Murphy, Nov 16, 2007
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  3. WJB

    WJB Guest

    Thanks, Mick. I had the first two suggestions already done. As for the third
    one, doesn't this open my Vista system for more exposure that I want?
    Remember, XP has no problem seeing Vista's shared folders, which are password
    protected. The problem is going in the other direction. Is there a
    configuration setting on the XP side that would open it up to Vista, bearing
    in mind that only persons with an account on the XP machine would be able to
    access its shared fodlers?

    WJB, Nov 16, 2007
  4. WJB

    Mick Murphy Guest


    Have a read of the above link.

    In Vista, you can remove the shares on the folders, and just copy what you
    want shared from Vista's Docs into Vista's "Public" folder. That way, all
    your info in vista's documents is protected.
    We all set them up the way we like them!
    Mick Murphy, Nov 17, 2007
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    The other thing; have you run the XP Set up a home Network file and printer
    sharing wizard while both comps are turned on?

    That way XP will share with vista.
    Mick Murphy, Nov 17, 2007
  6. WJB

    WJB Guest

    Hi Mick,

    I think I've partially resolved the issue.I had to open ports 137, 138, 139
    and 445 as per another article I read, for specific communication with the XP
    computer. Initially, Vista could still not see XP. However, when I typed
    \\<XP Computer>\<XP Share Name> in the address bar in Windows Explorer, the
    shares on the XP machine all appeared. It took about 15 mins before that was
    successful, though.

    The solution is not complete, however. Shared folders on XP are now visible
    to Vista. However, I'm also sharing the CD/RW, DVD and USB drive on XP. These
    are visble but not accessible (access denied), even though the shares have
    the same permissions as other shared folders on XP. Any thoughts on this?

    WJB, Nov 17, 2007
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